We like riding bikes!

We are a diverse group of people living in the Bishops Castle area with one thing in common - we like riding bikes! We organise rides for riders of all abilities, and we are affiliated to Cycling UK for the protection of all.

Rides are on the first Wednesday of the month. Rides are normally "meet at destination" rides, enabling riders of all abilities to meet at a place and time to socialise together.

In addition, an informal "further, faster" group meets each Wednesday at the Six Bells Pub. You should use the link below to contact us if you think you might want to join this ride for the first time, so that we can let you know if it's going to be right for you.

Yorkshire Dales Trips

Next Yorkshire Dales Trip - Sept 2018
Glynn Roberts

From Sept 24-28th Castle Cyclists return to the Yorkshire Dales.

After a successful visit in 2017 we have arranged 5days / 4 nights at the Dales Cycle Centre, near Reeth in Swaledale. The cost is the same as last year at £100pp for B&B if we fill all 14 places.

Accommodation is in 3x2rooms and 2x4 in bunks. There are ample toilet and shower facilities, a drying room and secure bike storage.

On site is a bike shop and hire/repair service. The breakfasts are great and at the end of the ride have as much cake as you want to eat! We have sole use of the cafe in the evening.

We had a great time last year, so if you would like to try out the Tour de France challenges, the 2019 World Road Champs rides, go mountain biking or walking in fantastic countryside then book your place by contacting Glynn. A deposit of £50pp is required.

01588 630165, 07980 266345 or glynn.roberts@mac.com

Yorkshire Dales Trip - Sept 2017
By Glynn Roberts

From September 11th to the 15th a group of 10 ventured north to stay at the Dales Cycle Centre just outside Reeth in Swaledale. The plan was to cycle some of the Brownlee brothers training rides and some of the Tour de France route.

There had been heavy rain over the weekend and the drive east from the M6 was made more interesting by the amount of water coming off the hillsides. The weather cleared and was lovely for our first full days ride. The ride up Swaledale undulates between hamlets and villages; through Gunnerside, Muker and coffee at Keld. Early risers Chris and Kay had then headed west to Kirby Stephen, whilst the rest of us made the steady climb up Tan Hill, where at 526m is the highest pub in England. A Tuesday in mid Sept and it was packed with tourists but mainly with people doing the Coast to Coast by bike, Pennine Wayers, cyclists and motorbikes. Its a great place to stop, The road east from here is wonderful with a fabulous descent down Arkengarthdale and back to Reeth.

The Dales Cycle Centre is a good base. The rooms for two or four are basic with bunks but are warm, the showers were hot and there is a drying room and a secure bike store. Excellent breakfasts are included and in the evening we had sole access to the cafe with help yourself to tea and cake, with an honesty box. Stuart, who runs the Centre and Bike shop was very supportive, amenable and relaxed. The cakes were good too!

We ate out in Reeth, a 10 min walk away, but it was busy with C2Cers, The Bridge Inn, two minutes away was much better and had a great music night on the Thursday. The Centre has a small self catering kitchen and one night we had a meal in, a pleasant change from our food.

It poured down over Tues night and unbeknown to us, Wensleydale was flooded. One group decided to go for a walk whilst the rest took the challenge to cycle over to Wensleydale. The minor road over to Askrigg starts with a crazy 25% climb (!) followed by a 3km ride up to 500m. We should have done it clockwise I kept saying, that is until came down into Askrigg. It was worth it. There is a super cafe/deli just up from the church which not only provided us with lunch but food for our evening meal too. The idea down the dale was spoilt a little by traffic being diverted due to the floods.

For those who had had two tough days a more steady ride was planned. Jonathon took advantage of his rest day and made for the Tour’s Col de Grinton, and Col de Buttertubs, and just for extra measure the climb up to Tan Hill again. I don’t know if that was for the pint at the top or the lovely ride back down Arkengarthdale!!

We had been told about an improved bridleway alongside the Swale. Two of us took the challenge from Grinton, the rest wisely didn’t. The first two kilometres had not been surfaced and we wished we had our mountain bikes, but then the rest as far as Gunnerside has been done with EU funding.

So, a good four days, comfortable accommodation, good company and fantastic scenery. One thing I  noticed was the quality of the road surfaces, even the little minor roads. The Tour De France and the subsequent annual Tour De Yorkshire have obviously had an impact. It was a pleasure to cycle there. I am sure people will wish to return.

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